Custom fit oral appliances are highly versatile and can protect your teeth and gums from damage created by a range of causes. Tulsa, OK dentist Dr. Henrich may recommend a custom-fit oral appliance to alleviate jaw pain, prevent bruxism, treat sleep apnea or a mouthguard to protect your teeth while playing sports.
Receiving an oral appliance is a simple, non-invasive procedure. Dr. Henrich will take impressions of your mouth to ensure a comfortable and secure fit. The impressions will be used to create a custom oral appliance or mouthguard designed to protect your teeth, gums and overall health.
Uses for Custom Fit Oral Appliances & Mouth Guards
- Protection During Sports
Athletes of all ages can benefit from the protection of a custom sports mouthguard. Sports injuries are a common cause of tooth loss. Teeth do not grow back, and dental implants can be costly. A custom fit mouthguard is an effective way to protect the teeth and gums from damage caused by sports-related injuries. Athletic performance can also benefit from the use of a custom fit mouthguard. Custom mouthguards allow for a more comfortable and secure fit that does not cause the wearer to clench the jaw in order to keep it in place. Studies have shown that this can actually allow for more energy to be available for improved endurance and concentration. Custom mouthguards also make it possible for athletes to speak and drink without removing the device, decreasing the chance of misplacing or losing it during practice. Our Tulsa, OK dentist office offers custom fit sports mouthguards for children, teen, and adult patients.
- TMJ Treatment & Bruxism
For patients with chronic jaw pain or who grind their teeth during sleep, a custom fit oral appliance can not only prevent further damage to the teeth and gums but can also help to alleviate painful symptoms. Dr. Henrich will create an oral appliance that will properly align the jaw, preventing grinding or clenching overnight. Many patients feel relief from headaches, jaw soreness, or earaches within just a few nights of wearing their TMJ device.
- Sleep Apnea
A custom fit, discreet oral appliance can be an effective treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea. A custom-designed mouthpiece keeps the airway open while the patient is sleeping, so they can breathe normally throughout the night. Oral appliances are comfortable, easy to pack and easy to care for. Patients enjoy healthy oxygen flow and a better night’s rest. Treating sleep apnea may prevent the development of secondary health concerns and can improve a patient’s concentration, improve energy, and promote a better quality of life.